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WikiLeaks CIA trove more smoke than fire, experts say

CIA trove more smoke than fireWikileaks on Friday released its fourth round of documents purportedly leaked from a secure CIA server. And for a fourth time, experts largely agreed the leaks were more smoke than fire.

The experts told The Hill it’s hard see the documents as anything more than proof the CIA has been doing its job.

Friday’s release came on the one-month anniversary of the first leaks in the series Wikileaks has nicknamed Vault 7. The files describe hacking techniques used by the CIA.


Kushner Omitted Meeting With Russians from Clearance

Kuschner omitted meetings with foreignersWhen Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, sought the top-secret security clearance that would give him access to some of the nation’s most closely guarded secrets, he was required to disclose all encounters with foreign government officials over the last seven years.

But Mr. Kushner did not mention dozens of contacts with foreign leaders or officials in recent months. They include a December meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, and one with the head of a Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, arranged at Mr. Kislyak’s behest.


Twitter refuses U.S. order to disclose user behind anti-Trump account

Twitter refuses to disclose anti Trump account nameTwitter Inc on Thursday refused to reveal the user behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies and said it was challenging the demand for records by the U.S. government in court, according to a lawsuit.

The lawsuit over the account @ALT_uscis, claimed to be run by at least one federal immigration employee, was filed in federal court in San Francisco, where Twitter is based. The acronym CIS refers to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the account's description refers to itself as "immigration resistance."


Trump: O'Reilly 'a good person' who shouldn't have settled sexual harassment claims

Trump: O'Reilly a good guy President Trump praised Bill O'Reilly in a new interview amid reports of payoffs to five women who accused the Fox News host of sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct.

“I think he’s a person I know well — he is a good person,” Trump told The New York Times.

“I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled,” the president continued. “Because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

TVNL Comment:  Birds of a feather, folks.  How shameful is this?  Geez.


Gorsuch's writings borrow from other authors

Gorsuch writing borrowed from othersSupreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch copied the structure and language used by several authors and failed to cite source material in his book and an academic article, according to documents provided to POLITICO.

The documents show that several passages from the tenth chapter of his 2006 book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” read nearly verbatim to a 1984 article in the Indiana Law Journal. In several other instances in that book and an academic article published in 2000, Gorsuch borrowed from the ideas, quotes and structures of scholarly and legal works without citing them.


Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council

Steve BannonPresident Donald Trump's chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council's principals committee, according to a presidential memorandum.

Trump also restored top U.S. intelligence officials as permanent members, according to the filing signed Tuesday and announced Wednesday.


Federal Labor Union Blasts Trump’s Climate Order As An ‘Assault’ On EPA, Public Health

labor Union blasts Trump action on EPA, climate changeIf a recent letter to The New York Times is any indication, morale at the Environmental Protection Agency may be at an all-time low.

Michael Kravitz, an EPA scientist in Cincinnati, wrote to the Times that he has enjoyed his career working to help protect the environment. To see the agency taken over by Scott Pruitt, its longtime antagonist, has left Kravitz feeling “very saddened.”


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